MD emerging markets partner organisation Cisco UK and Ireland
Bernadette Wightman is the managing director of the Partner Organisation of Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking. Wightman is responsible for almost all of the networking technology Cisco ships throughout the world and how that inter-operates with thousands of other systems and services. Wightman joined Cisco in 1999 and since this time, has held a number of influential positions within the organisation. Named as the tenth most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly, Wightman is also the executive sponsor for Cisco’s ‘connected women’ network, set up to inspire and attract the next female talent into the ICT industry. She cites her father as the person who has most inspired her, saying “you leave the conversation [with him] feeling passionate with the courage to take anything head on”.